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Lompoc nurse receives international recognition

Lompoc nurse receives The DAISY Award
Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 21:14:52-05

A registered nurse at Lompoc Valley Medical Center on Thursday was recognized with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

This international award recognizes the nursing care provided to patients and families every day.

Registered Nurse Thao Carey works in LVMC's Critical Care Unit. She received several nominations. One family she helped care for wrote a thank you note to Thao saying they were "so grateful for the kindness and compassion you showed my husband while he was under your care. Another family said Thao “helped decrease anxiety and we will be forever grateful for her for helping us during her busy shift during a time of crisis (COVID)."

Nurses are nominated by patients, families and colleagues. Thao was chosen as the recipient of the inaugural Lompoc Valley Medical Center DAISY Award.

“Thao is an amazing nurse,” said Senior Nursing Director Karen Kelly. “She not only provides excellent care for her patients and their families, she also cares for her fellow nurses by always being there when they need a helping hand. She is the ultimate team player. Thao has been extremely helpful during this pandemic. She has worked more shifts than any nurse I know; she knew the need was great, and she stepped up to fill the need. She is very deserving of this prestigious nursing award.”